note to self:

Normally when I have prized cuts, I squirrel them away (like most of my prized things)¬†but recently, I’ve been trying to use more of what I love everyday, for everyday things. A little while ago I made some crazy beautiful bias tape, just because ūüíē

normally when I have prized cuts, I squirrel them away .. but, I've been trying to use more of what I love everyday, for everyday things .. made some crazy beautiful bias tape, just because ūüíē. . . . . #biastape #sewcialists #sewing #riflepaperco #textiles #cottonandsteel #makersvillage #slowfashion #stitching #cottonandsteelcloset #amandaochocki #widn #floral #handsandhustle #sewaholic #picoftheday #minimalist #riflepapercofabric #isew #fashion ##flowerstagram #slowliving #photography #makersgonnamake #darlingmovement #seekthesimplicity #Ilovesewing #knittersofinstagram #handmadeforever #quilting

Why is it when something feels super special, ultra lux,¬†limited edition¬†or in short supply, we tend to triple wrap it and¬†hold onto it tight as hell,¬†afraid to use it, scuff it,¬†break it, love it? When really,¬†in doing that, we aren’t¬†getting¬†ANY joy¬†from¬†having it, so why even have it!?! I don’t often find myself thinking ” Wow, ¬†I really¬†love that,¬†it feels good knowing that¬†I appreciate it so much so¬†that¬†I never take¬†it out look at it, wear it or¬†hold it”.¬†In fact¬†it’s usually the opposite for me,¬†most things hidden away¬†are forgotten or creep out as a guilty thought every now and then ..kinda sad.
It was actually liberating to use that special Rifle Paper fat quarter for something that at the time seemed wasteful and unworthy of its specialness.

..and then I go one step further, and actually use the super special bias tape, made from the super special piece of fabric to make a super special Stowe Bag and pouch!
Granted I had made two other Stowe Bags out of “less special” fabric before I made this one, just to make sure the sewing kinks were worked out¬†..haha I can’t help it,¬†I know¬†I¬†would have¬†beat myself up, if I f’d up the bag with the¬†super special fabric!¬†Gads would you look at that logo, even the Rifle Paper edge selvages are too¬†pretty!

I really miss having a fabric shop downtown, so when I stumble upon a "traditional" quilt shop and they end up having a pretty excellent selection of @cottonandsteel, I tend to go a little bananas yo' . . . . #sewcialists #sewing #riflepaperco #textiles #cottonandsteel #makersvillage #slowfashion #stitching #fabric #cottonandsteelcloset #amandaochocki #floral #handsandhustle #sewaholic #makersgonnamake #picoftheday #minimalist #riflepapercofabric #isew #fashion ##flowerstagram #slowliving #photography #livefolk #darlingmovement #seekthesimplicity #Ilovesewing #knittersofinstagram #handmadeforever #quilting
..oh and then I go and find a little local quilt shop who sells the super special fabric, so  I triple treated myself, cut into it straight away and it was liberating!

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I had one of those moments, where it felt like I had been sewing for so long without a pattern, that I completely forgot how to sew from a pattern! This is my first¬†make from Flora (Making Magazine), a sweet little¬†Petal Pouch¬†ūüíē ..that curved zip kicked my buns (TWICE!) note my wonky top stitches. I made the large clutch size, but considering blowing it up even bigger to house my knitting, so in love with this check!¬†

If you’re curious¬†how I make my labels, it’s totally a recycle reuse hack, I take¬†old¬† Tyvek envelopes and cute them into little rectangles (or whatever size/shape I need) then¬†stamp or draw¬†on them¬†with¬†waterproof¬†ink (I like using Micron¬†pens¬†for drawing and StazOn for stamping)¬†and then you can just stitch them¬†in the¬†seams¬†or¬†right on the front of your project! Sometimes I use images, sometimes just words, there are also¬†loads of places to get custom logo stamps made, so you can have them be very professional too. They have the feel of commercial clothing, mattress or pillow tags, but unlike those, these little tags¬†are so industrial strong, you can’t¬†rip them off¬†without seam ripping first¬†(that’s a plus and a minus, because¬†they are slippery little buggers, so watch they don’t shift during sewing!) They also have a¬†minimal simplicity that I love. The one above was a white envelope that I colored with fabric markers to a perfect shade of pink ‚ô• oh they also don’t like the iron, never iron them!

After the humbling¬†curved zipper incident, I¬†decided to make¬†a little zip pouch out of a candy wrapper, just to remind myself that I really can do anything. Sometimes there doesn’t have to be rules¬†and you¬†don’t have to use things as intended.¬†Oh and I also designed another stitch marker strap ‚ô•

I¬†prefer to make my firsts out of unbleached organic cotton, which is weird because I have a HUGE calico and print fabric stash, I think it’s because I can see and¬†understand the little¬†details without being distracted or romanced by¬†a beautiful¬†print and I can honestly tell if I love or hate something with out being all “awwww I love that print .. gush gush” (talkin to you petal pouch!)

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Ok, now I’m gonna gush ..THIS FRICKIN¬†BAG..¬† I think I’m in love ‚ô•¬†you can totally tell¬†the Stowe Bag pattern¬†was a collaborative effort between Fringe Supply Co. & Grainline Studio, it has a lot the details I love about my Fringe Field bag¬†(roomy interior, pockets and more pockets!) but this one has¬†handles and I can make it myself!! It is unlined, so I chose to work french seams on the sides and bottom (I flat felled the side ones), they are a little bulky, but they do help with the internal structure of the bag (it’s built like a flat folding grocery shopper with side gussets, so those thick seams help it standup when opened), you could¬†easily zigzag, serge or bias tape them as well. I think the next one will be¬†mid-weight canvas, I’ve come to terms with the bulky guts¬†and now kind of love them¬†‚ô•

.. more unbleached organic cotton and some candy colored socks ..

.. more minimal simplicity and not using things as intended, the best thing about this Row Counter  by Coco Knits is that it has a metal back and if you have a nice big magnet you can literally stick it anywhere! ..